Radio 4 programme explores HIV in women over 50

The increase in HIV amongst women was explored in women over 50 on Radio 4′s Women’s Hour last Monday.

The programme highlighted some big and important issues, such as lack familiarity with symptoms, not knowing you’ve been infected by a partner or former partner (and struggling with the consequental sense of betrayal), and financial security.

The number of women over 50 with HIV is increasing, and the health and financial implications are significant and a concern in many countries.

It’s very worthwhile taking time to listen to the programme which makes an interesting and moving discussion. As well, it prompts people – either female or male – to seriously consider seeing a financial planner to review budgets and pensiion provisions.

The programme can be found here:

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Man gets HIV after working on HIV project

A 25-year-old man became HIV positive while working on an HIV project in Africa.

Darren (not his real name) went on the volunteer project a few years ago. It was designed to help and support people with HIV.

“On my last night abroad I had a farewell party and got pretty drunk and slept with a woman who had AIDS,” he explained.  “When I got back to the UK I discovered I was HIV positive.” Continue reading

Woman harassed after revealing HIV status, she tells

A woman who told her line manager she was HIV positive said she was harassed at work and pressured not to take time off for medical appointments.

Annette (not her real name) revealed her status because she hoped that by being honest and open she would receive support and understanding. But her manager was difficult and said that time off for appointments would be limited.

Other members of staff at the same company complained that Annette was receiving preferencial treatment by insisting that she attend a number of appointments in close succession. Continue reading

Life became intolerable after I got herpes – member tells

A woman who lived in a Cumbrian village said her life became intolerable after she got herpes.

She said that she dated a guy in the village but as soon as she told him she had herpes, he not only broke up with her but gossiped about her in the village pub.

Dianne (not her real name), said: “It was a nightmare experience for me and one that really set me back. Continue reading

Married, thanks to

I received a great email a few weeks back from a guy who joined the after it launched in 2006.

He met a woman on the website and they are now happily married. They were one of the first few members to join. It was great to hear from him and hear such a happy story.

It’s been challenging building and running a business, but receiving that email made us all really happy and realise again that this venture is so worthwhile. Continue reading